NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Tuesday, March 29th (All times eastern)
Seattle SuperSonics (48-21) at Memphis Grizzlies (39-30), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Northwest Division-leading Seattle SuperSonics attempt to get back on the winning track tonight, as they start a brief two-game road trip tonight against the Memphis Grizzlies at FedExForum.
It is the third and final meeting of the season between the clubs. The Sonics won the two previous contests, winning on November 14th at KeyArena and on November 24th at Memphis.
Five of the last six meetings in this series have been decided by six points or less. Seattle has won five straight and eight of the last nine contests between the clubs. The Sonics have won four straight at Memphis.
The Sonics are the third seed in the Western Conference, and have a comfortable 10-game lead over the second-place Denver Nuggets in the Northwest Division, while Memphis is No. 7 in the West and trails the Houston Rockets by three games for the sixth spot.
Seattle had its five-game winning streak halted on Sunday at home. Larry Hughes had 31 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Washington Wizards to a surprising 95-94 win over the Sonics at KeyArena.
Ray Allen had 27 points and eight boards in the loss to Washington to lead the Sonics, while Rashard Lewis added 16 points for Seattle, which lost for just the second time in its last nine contests overall.
Seattle played the Wizards without forward Danny Fortson, who was suspended for one game by the team for refusing to enter Friday night's contest against the New York Knicks despite the instruction from head coach Nate McMillan. Fortson is actually expected to miss Seattle's next two games because of an ankle injury.
Allen leads the Sonics in scoring (23.9 ppg), while forward Reggie Evans is averaging a team-best 9.3 rebounds and Luke Ridnour has posted a team-high 5.9 assists.
Lewis is averaging 23 points and five rebounds in his last two games. The All- Star forward has averaged 22.3 points and six boards in his last 10 contests.
The SuperSonics, who are 12-4 in Tuesday games, are an impressive 24-9 on the road this season. Seattle will visit the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday before returning home to host the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday. The Sonics go back on the road on Sunday to play the Golden State Warriors at The Arena in Oakland.
The Grizzlies have lost two straight games. On Monday, Eddy Curry scored 25 points and Ben Gordon tallied 17 to lead the Chicago Bulls over Memphis, 94-86, at the United Center.
Bonzi Wells scored 11 of his season-high 30 points in the fourth quarter, as the Grizzlies rallied from an 18-point fourth quarter deficit to draw within one possession in the final minutes. Mike Miller had 11 points and nine boards for Memphis in the loss.
Memphis is a solid 22-12 as the host this season. The Grizzlies have lost two in a row and are 6-4 in their last 10 at FedExForum.
03/29 10:14:11 ET